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Artist's career spanning 50 years celebrated by mima in Middlesbrough
5:59pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
AN international artist whose work is relatively unknown in the North-East has taken over a gallery in his home town with his work.
Mima in Middlesbrough has given over all its major spaces to William Tillyer’s ‘Against Nature’ exhibition which runs from tomorrow (Friday) until February 9, 2014.
It is the largest presentation by a single artist at mima since the modern art gallery in Centre Square opened in 2007.
It will be showing paintings, sculptures and drawings as well as 50 watercolours, many of which are inspired by the North Yorkshire countryside.
Mr Tillyer, 75, the son of a Middlesbrough hardware store owner was educated at Middlesbrough College of Art before going on to study at the Slade School of Art in London and in Paris. He returned to North Yorkshire in 1980 and has lived and worked near Middlesbrough ever since.
The exhibition which spans his 50 year career also includes a large digitally-manipulated watercolour commissioned by mima, the seven-metre high Skydancer piece as well as early conceptual pieces.
Mr Tillyer’s artwork is held internationally in many museum and corporate art collections including Tate, The Arts Council Collection, Museum of Modern Art New York, the Hepworth Wakefield, V&A, Bank of America and Broadgate, as well as private collections including those of pop star, David Bowie, and advertising tycoon, Charles Saatchi.
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